“The PRL Full” Route Details (London)

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Route Basics

Length: 173 km (107.5 miles)
Elevation:
2496 m (8,189‘)
Lead-In: 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Map: London

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The London course’s “PRL Full” route is meant to mimic the distance (but not the full course) of the real Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. It takes you on eleven circuits of the “London Loop“, then turns around at the Surrey roundabout and heads towards the sprint and finish banner on The Mall.

Although I can’t seem to find numbers for the 2016 course, it appears that Zwift’s version has significantly more elevation gain than the real-life course. (The 2013 course had a gain of 6,167′.)

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MATHEW M ROSE
MATHEW M ROSE (@matrose617)
6 months ago

Having just completed this ride for the badge, I can’t say I’d want to do it agian. The PRL Half is a perfect workout with four nice climbing intervals in it; the full version had me questioning my life choices as I hopped off the bike to change bibs in the roughly two minutes while my avatar was descending Box Hill for the 8th time. I made it in almost exactly 5 hours (one minute over). From now on, when London is on the calendar I’ll stick to the Half, thank you all the same.

Eric Mar
Eric Mar
6 months ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

Just did it yesterday and it was brutal and crazy. Don’t think I would want to do it again unless I want to beat the timing.

Stewart
Stewart
5 months ago
Reply to  MATHEW M ROSE

Never thought of changing that’s an interesting additional challenge! What did you do for nutrition energy etc for the ride?

Dan
Dan
5 months ago

I’m preparing to do this on 16th August in place of the cancelled event. I’m working out what frame to get, I’m approaching level 20 now. I am considering the Trek Madone for this, but don’t know if I would be better placed to favour a frame for climbing? Will probably use the Enve SES 3.4 wheels either way. I already own the Spec Tarmac Pro and the Trek Emonda so they are options too, but there is a fair amount of flat on this course too. Thoughts welcome on this.

RLH
RLH
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan

I’m in the same boat: looking at this in the near future… I own a good number of frames, etc. and I’ leaning S-Works Venge (rated as 100% Flat, 71% Climb) over the Tarmac Pro (50% Flat, 100% Climb), same Enve 3.4s (63% Flat, 96% Climb), but the Zipp 454 are a solid choice (78% Flat, 85% Climb) . But, I’m just guessing here…
Another frame Option to note: is the Cann. Super Six EVO (60% Flat, 92% Climb).
Best of Luck.
 
 

Dan
Dan
5 months ago
Reply to  RLH

Thanks, although those frames mentioned will be out of reach for me at level 20/21.

mark wilson
mark wilson
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan

I’m aiming to do this on Saturday – with Matt Bottrill – would the Tron bike be a good choice? Also considering the Tarmac pro & light wheels to help with the climbs.

Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis
5 months ago
Reply to  mark wilson

I’ll see u there Mark! Not ridden for 2 days and been eating like a bear heading into hibernation! Can’t think of a better time to ride over a 100 miles 🤣

Sylvan Smyth
4 months ago
Reply to  mark wilson

Tron might be your best bet actually. If you check the gradients on Best Bike Split, only about 30% of the lap time is climbing at 4%+. So what you’ll gain on the climb with a lighter setup, you’ll probably lose doubly on the descent and flats.If non-Tron, the course is so balanced that I think you’re looking at only about 5 seconds per lap between aero/weight options like S5 vs. Tarmac Pro. I think I’d lean towards aero wheels though, like 454.

Nicola Jane Fisher
Nicola Jane Fisher
4 months ago

How do I get to complete this route ?

Rolf
Rolf
4 months ago

Hey Nicola, of you want to select a given route, its always the same procedure: log in and get your trainer connected. You will find yourself in the ‚ready-to-go‘ screen which gives you three world-choices in the upper part. Click on the one you want to ride in (e.g. London for the PLR-ride) and then select ‚Routes‘, where you can scroll the available Route-List with all basic data (length & elevation). Click the route of your choice and off you go.
Never change direction during a ride via Companion App or keyboard since you wont receive the route Badge then.

IAN ANDERSON
IAN ANDERSON (@ianranderson)
3 months ago

I was a bit disappointed TBH not to see any PRL events on this weekend and not to even have London on the options with both France maps dominating the choices. Not that I really fancy this route, but as I was supposed to be riding the event this year IRL would have enjoyed at least a nod from Zwift.

Mark Stovall
Mark Stovall
3 months ago
Reply to  IAN ANDERSON

this route is being offered tomorrow! 7:55am EST It is one of the HERD endurance rides. gl!

Dan
Dan
3 months ago
Reply to  IAN ANDERSON

I did my originally planned charity ride on this on the date originally planned this weekend just gone as I also had a place for the first time this year (gutted). I contacted Zwift quite early on to ask if they could make it available and their response was one of it being out of their hands somehow. I had to world hack, which did leave me with a lack of wheels to jump on sadly, but got it done. Just a note on previous comments about what to use, I went with the Cervelo S5 with Zipp 454’s as… Read more »

James Metcalfe
James Metcalfe
11 days ago

I rode the PRL in 2016. Distance was 100 miles, and elevation gain as recorded by my garmin was 1482m. The zwift route goes way beyond that. A lot of the ride london course is quite flat, there are 3 notable climbs newlands corner, Leith hill and box hill and a small climb at wimbledon that is only noticeable because it is at the end. Something more representative could have been created using the flat roads, and taking in both surrey climbs

Peter Hancock
Peter Hancock
11 days ago

Completed November 2020 – Elevation was 7,508′.

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